What People are Saying about The Commando Temple

I've never come close to experiencing the training given by Mayyah, or a facility in personality or equipment like the Commando Temple, anywhere else.

Mayyah's training approach is knowledgeable and sensitive. She technically knows, and can and does perform herself to the highest level. She will instill this into you, via a mixture of encouragement, pushing, support, and generally whatever it is that stimulates *you* to give your best during your session.

Mayyah's knowledge of the human body allows her to teach not just how to perform optimally, but also allows her to support in times of injury and stress.

This winning and unique combination of awareness both for achieving performance and also sensitivity in time of need, makes any session with Mayyah the best outcome you can get.

Jill Hamilton 21/07/2021

When I called the Commando Temple in 2015 to find out about beginner martial arts classes, little did I know that I'd soon be sucked into the world of strongwoman and kettlebells.

But from the first class I did with Mayyah, I was hooked. Having never lifted heavy before, as a (very amateur) triathlete and distance runner I thought strength and conditioning was all about doing lots of reps on light weights. Now, everything has a place and I'm certainly not disregarding that as a form of exercise, but what Mayyah introduced me to has become a way of life for me and has absolutely contributed to my longevity as an endurance athlete.

What is more important though, is the confidence that I have gained from working with Mayyah. I came to the gym with low self-esteem and, like many women, a challenging relationship with my body. But Mayyah has helped me to develop a real respect for my body and what it can do. With unending patience, a vast technical knowledge of picking up oddly shaped heavy objects, and an incredibly attuned emotional presence, Mayyah has encouraged me to morph into the kind of strong woman I previously admired from a distance. Her own formidable track record does not in any way make her intimidating - she meets you where you're at (and I've been at every level of high and low over the years) - and finds a way to help you get stronger - physically but also mentally and emotionally.

I am proud of the me of 6 years ago who contacted the Commando Temple, but even more grateful to Mayyah for everything she's done since she picked up the phone to me. Here's to strong women! Thank you Mayyah

Jodie Surendran 21/07/2021

Mayyah is one of the most knowledgeable coaches I’ve ever come across. More than that, she’s really patient and teaches you proper technique, always with the most positive attitude while giving you a tough workout. She’s got that something that whatever you do, you love it, and leave with a great sense of achievement. She’s ready to push you in every possible way, be it strength, cardiovascular work or mobility. On the plus side, you get to spend time with her, it really is a bonus. I’ll always be grateful of the day I decided to step in the Temple, best decision I ever made. And she’s responsible for it.

Sol Martin 21/07/2021

Fitsz Flag

One of the coolest, most well equipped training facilities I've visited

Laurence Shahlaei Britain's Strongest Man 2012/13 - laurenceshahlaei.co.uk Gym 29/09/2015


Working with Mayyah is fantastic. She is able to draw on her broad experiences as an athlete, from sprinting to strongwoman to tailor sessions that are fun and work for you. It is obvious she has a great depth of experience coaching people which shows as she is able to get the best out of her clients and encourages you to test your limits to achieve more.

Having the benefit of having trained with some of the best coaches and trainers in the world, she has a deep knowledge base upon which to draw. With a warm and encouraging style (don't be fooled no slacking allowed), Mayyah will be able to help you achieve your goals.

Nancy Searle Commando Temple Member Personal Training 01/10/2014

I've trained with Mayyah many times and at each session she's taught me something new - she is always spotting ways I can improve on technique. She is a great teacher.

One of the best things about Mayah, and there are many, is she practices what she preaches. Not only does she help you get strong, she keeps herself strong too.

She is a true ambassador for the strong girl community. Girls - step away from Zumba or hours on the treadmill and get yourself training with Mayyah. You'll not regret it.

Clare Goldie Commando Temple Member Personal Training 03/09/2014

I approached rob about being a mentor back in 2013. I believe in learning from those who have achieved what you would like to and Rob has done just that.

A fresh mind and different perspective has been just what my business needed. Under robs guidance I've successfully rebranded, made big changes and fundamentally made 2014 my most productive and profitable year for business.

Rob continues to support me as my business continues to grow from strength to strength!

Thanks Rob!

Coaching 02/09/2014

I had a second Anterior Cruciate Ligament reconstruction 4 months ago. The injury has been going on for years and before I started training with Rob a month ago.

He identified things no physios had, how the tightness I had in my ankles and hips would transfer twisting forces to my knees, and worked quickly and efficiently at removing the obstacles that stood in my way of strengthening and improving my knee and the surrounding muscles.

This has been through a variety of exercises and muscles. He's pushed me to work hard and my body has been taken out of its comfort zone many times but never has there been any pain in my knee."

Physiotherapy 02/09/2014

Without Rob I know that I would not be where I'm at now & would be paying out a fortune to a chiropractor.

Paul Devine Physiotherapy 02/09/2014

Within one hour he had honed in on the issues around my body and through stretches and other movements added six inches to the depth of my squat and took away the major pains

I was having around my hips and hamstrings that had severely affected my training.

Alastair Purcell Physiotherapy 02/09/2014

I can honestly say I feel like a new woman with a whole new range of physical capabilities.

Felicity Tunbridge Physiotherapy 02/09/2014

Rob is an inspiration and has changed my life forever now!

Zoe Ann Strong Girl Personal Training 02/09/2014

Rob isn't just a personal trainer, as far as I'm concerned he's the best out there!

Charlie Clements Actor Personal Training 02/09/2014

I was honoured to work with Rob.

Rob shows all qualities you should look for - strength, passion, professionalism and humility.

Peter Lakatos Founder and Creator of Primal Move - Master Coach at Strong First! Personal Training 02/09/2014

Trainers like Rob that work hard to continually improve are exactly what you want. I recommend his services highly!

Mike Mahler Aggressive Strength Training Personal Training 02/09/2014

Robs knowledge is beyond just knowing rules of fitness and its “laws”. He absorbs knowledge very quickly and is always willing to learn new things, but also wants to know the “how’s and whys”

A great man, great Athlete, great Coach and also a great friend!

Gregor Sobocan Director-Head Coach, Kettlebell Centre, Slovenia Personal Training 02/09/2014

Rob is tirelessly hard working with bags of enthusiasm with many diverse skills. He is driven, focussed and always determined to further educate and improve himself through participation, dedication and hard training!

David Horne World of grip founder/owner. Grip sport and steel bending legend Personal Training 02/09/2014

I used Be Stronger gym to help my goals in thai boxing. Strength training was always something I neglected in sport as I used ways around it, I found the level of competition I was fighting at was getting better. I met Rob Blair at one of the shows I was fighting at, he suggested bringing in some strength work to my game and invited me to the club. There I met David Goodall who came up with a program which was very sport specific for my goals. Working with David was great, he is very informative in what we were doing and why.

Before each fight I was setting my personal best with his guidance. Since working with David and the team down at Be Stronger I've won ICO southern area K1 title and the ICO British Muay Thai title both at 82kg.

They have made my goals a reality and I will defiantly will be using them for future fights, they are the secret ingredient.

Martial Arts 01/09/2014

Kettlebell Fever

Great place. Highly recommend. Passionate coaches dedicated to overall health and wellness and not just making a fast buck. A way of life.

5 Stars all the way

James Breese Owner Kettlebell Fever Gym 28/08/2014

Nelio Testimonial

I've been training at The Commando Temple for the last 4 months and to tell you the truth it has surpassed all my expectations.

When I first met Rob I was craving for a place where I could train and make my own. I was looking for somewhere where I could feel inspired and push myself to the limit, somewhere where I could learn and share with other like minded people.

I can honestly say that I've found it! Everything works for me, the space, the location, the equipment, the people and the unique awesomeness that is being part of this unique community of extraordinary people.

I've learnt a lot whilst training at The Commando Temple and must thank Snow Flake and Fitzs for their relentless commitment to keep this venue alive and thriving.

In the meantime, I will keep on shouting out loud LONG LIVE The Commando Temple

Nelio Rodrigues Personal Trainer and Capoeira instructor Gym 28/08/2014


It really is a temple - a haven from the outside world, where you can focus on pure strength, both inside and out. Rob is a knowledgeable, supportive and motivating force to have around and is passionate about getting the best out of his clients. It's got all the equipment you could possibly need along with targeted workshops and special guests speakers/trainers, and I honestly couldn't recommend it highly enough.

Definitely check it out!

Gym 28/08/2014

Peter Marsden

Awesome strength & conditioning facility, very well equipped for powerlifting, strongman, grip strength, calisthenics and kettlebells (GS & hardstyle).

The instructors know their stuff and and hold frequent educational events, often with world class athletes/coaches

Peter Marsden Man of Steel, Trainer and Strength Enthusiast! Gym 28/08/2014


I live in Eastbourne on the South Coast and try to make the 65 mile journey to the Commando Temple at last once per month due to the fact that it is by far the best strength and functional training facility I know of bar none.

The guys and girls who frequent this place are a friendly tribe and know the meaning of hard work. Its an incredible facility frequented by inspiring people.

Just wish I lived closer! Keep up the great facility and workshops guys!

Matt Shore Owner TRAIN STRONG PT Gym 28/08/2014

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